6 Days Around Iceland
Summer Ring Road Tour
Book this 6 Day guided trip to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital of the North’ Akureyri. Along the way, your expert guide will introduce you to some of the country's highlights including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Mývatn Region.
✓ Golden Circle ✓ East fjords ✓ North Iceland ✓ Akureyri ✓ Jökulsárlón ✓ Vatnajökull ✓ Mývatn ✓ Skógafoss ✓ Seljalandsfoss ✓ Geysir ✓ Gullfoss ✓ Dettifoss ✓ Ásbyrgi ✓ Húsavík
✓ 6 Day Guided Ring Road Trip ✓ 5 Nights of Accommodation in Country Hotels with Breakfast and a Private Bathroom ✓ Professional English Speaking Guide ✓ Small Group ✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic Music on Board
Are you ready for the adventure?
This is the perfect tour for those who want to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri. This 6-Day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will stop at the unbeatable Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir Geothermal Area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
After exploring the East fjords, Lake Mývatn awaits in the North with its unique surroundings. You will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the capital.
While you enjoy this versatile tour, you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special. Horseback Riding, a Boat Ride or exploring Ice Caves to name only a few.
You can find more information about the extras here. For booking these extras, please just follow the current booking process of the Multiday Tour.
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the day. Volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind. It is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. To add even more uniqueness to the location, its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional. This is due to the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plate on the surface. The location is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.
Haukadalur Geothermal Area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs. Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes, creating amazing photo opportunities. Another site is the famous Geysir, the original one that has named all geysers in the world.
By the end of the Golden Circle, we will stop at the must see waterfall, Gullfoss. Water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 meters fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden Waterfall.
Day 2 – The South Coast
On this day you will be heading to the South Coast, towards the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a 65 meters drop. Moving on to another waterfall, Skógafoss, that is one of the largest falls in all of Iceland. We strongly recommend bringing or renting waterproof clothes, if you want to explore the falls a little closer.
The extra Katla Ice Cave Tour, with a Super Jeep ride starting in Vik, can be added at the time of booking
The final stop of the day will be Reynisfjara, the famous Black Sand Beach. Surrounded by black basalt columns, it is one of the most popular Icelandic places to visit. From there you can see the rock formations Reynisdrangar. Also Dýrhólaey Peninsula rises gracefully from the ocean, providing an astonishing sight and shelter for birds like the razorbills.
You will then head on to your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal town of Vík.
Optional Extra Activity: Katla Ice Cave Tour
Day 3 – Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach
The next stop of the journey is the astonishing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. There you can see large icebergs drifting calmly towards the ocean, following their path to Diamond Beach. The site got its name from the icebergs, that resemble crystals as they strand on the black sand.
As an additional activity that day, you can book and extra Boat Ride Tour at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Get closer to this amazing sight of floating icebergs!
You will spend the night in the Southeast area.
Included: Glacier Hike
Optional Extra Activity: Jökulsarlon Boat Ride
Day 4 – The East Fjords
You’ll spend your fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can find amazing and rare wildlife. This is the only place in Iceland where wild Reindeers can be seen sometimes. These fjords present you high mountain ridges and the mighty Vatnajökull in the West. Icelandic history makes its appearance in the peaceful fishing villages you pass along the way, as fishing has always been a big part of Icelandic culture. Add an extra Horseback Riding as an additional activity that day.
Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is your next destination, the largest forest in Iceland. It offers many walking trails leading to locations such as waterfalls, coves and moors. You will travel along Lake Lagarfljót. Maybe you’ll spot the mythical worm-like creature said to live underwater. The night will be spent in a beautiful town in East-Iceland.
Optional Extra Activity: Horseback Riding
Please note: not suitable for people over 120 kgs or people in bad shape.
Day 5 – The Mývatn Area & Dettifoss
Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings is the designated destination for Day 5. You will explore the geothermal region around the Lake. The area has many of the things that make Iceland so unique: Lava formations, mud pools and remarkable geological features.
This day is packed with amazing sightseeing locations: Námaskarð pass, a high temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles; Dimmuborgir, a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth; the majestic Dettifoss waterfall from the Prometheus movie opening scene, with a 100 meters wide and 44 meters high fall into the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon; the old forest Ásbyrgi situated in a horseshoe-shaped canyon, the phenomenal waterfall Goðafoss, important in Christian Icelandic history.
On the way to Akureyri -your next overnight stop- we’ll pass through the fishing village Húsavík. It’s the Hometown of the Movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” and its resourceful elves.
Before going to the hotel, you can relax by adding the extra entry to VÖK baths. It gives you the opportunity to experience the geothermal nature of Iceland up close.
Optional Extra: Entry to VÖK Baths
Day 6 – North Iceland
Today you will explore the town of Akureyri or take in some final extra adventures.
A short drive from Akureyri is the village of Hauganes, where you’ll hop on a whale watching boat to see Humpback whales and more gentle giants found in the ocean. The small town of Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend you take a walk around the small town, it has a charming harbor and a beautiful black sand beach overlooking the ocean and the graceful tall mountains all around.
You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik, where you’ll arrive in the evening.
Included: Hauganes Whale Watching
April to August
Easy to moderate
Minimum age is 8 years old for glacier hike and ice caving.
If children under those ages are on the tour, then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
✓ Mývatn lake
✓ East fjords
✓ Námaskarð pass
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Skógafoss waterfall
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓ Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon
✓ Diamond Beach
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ 6 day Guided Tour on Iceland’s Ring Road
✓ English Speaking Professional Guide
✓ Small Group
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic Music on Board
✓ 5 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Swimsuit and a towel
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
• The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
• Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
• Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon only accessible during winter time when temperatures drop below zero. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos on our website and social medias are from this winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed of appearance due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
• You can cancel your tour up to 24 hours before departure time of your tour and receive a full refund. No refund is given if your tour is cancelled within less than 24 hours before the departure time of the tour. This includes bookings made within 48 hours before departure. A cancellation confirmation must be sent to Troll Expeditions in writing – by sending an email to email@example.com. The request has to be confirmed by Troll Expeditions to be valid.
• In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible, or provide a full refund.
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a multiday tour?
A multiday tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day and accommodation.
Why should I book a multiday tour?
All our multiday tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. You don’t have to worry about accommodation during the time of the tour. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour from Reykjavik.
Will I have a private bathroom?
All our partner hotels have private bathrooms.
Is breakfast included?
Yes, breakfast is included after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour.
I’m a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?
Yes, single fee supplement is mandatory for solo travelers on all multiday tours to ensure your private room in our accommodation. There is no way to opt out of single fee supplement if you are a solo traveler.
How much luggage can I bring?
The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,000 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.
What are the snorkeling requirements?
-Have read and signed this Snorkeling Medical Statement – click here. We recommend that you bring the form already printed out and signed, but you can sign the form at the meeting location if not.
-Be able to swim.
-Be able to communicate in English.
-Be physically fit.
-Not be pregnant.
-You must be ready to wear a drysuit tight at the neck to protect your body from the cold water.
-You must have a height and weight of minimum 150 cm and 45 kilos, and of maximum 200 cm and 120 kilos.
-The age limit is a minimum of 12 years old and a maximum of 69 years old at the time of the tour to participate. Also, if you will be 60 years old at the time of the tour, you need a medical waiver signed by a doctor, available on page 2 of this Snorkeling Medical Statement – click here.
-Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied in the water by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Our drysuits are buoyant and float on the water, however, it is mandatory that all participants know how to swim and feel comfortable in water to join the tour. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer, just to be able to swim and feel comfortable in the water. Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. We offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be snorkeling with a professional and certified PADI Dive Master. If you have specific questions regarding our snorkeling tour, feel free to email us.
Are photos included in the price of the snorkeling tour?
Yes. GoPro underwater photos are included in the price of the snorkeling tour. Your guide will take photos through your tour, both outside the water and under the water and they will be sent to you via email after the tour.
What should I wear for snorkeling tour?
We recommend that you wear thermal layer top and pants, and an extra pair of warm socks that will keep you warm under our drysuit.
If I am pregnant, can I join a snorkeling tour?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend that pregnant women participate in the Silfra snorkeling tour due to the extreme conditions of snorkeling in a tight drysuit and cold glacier water. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.